The former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said on Tuesday the idea that anyone could have a gun was not in the "best interest of the vast majority of people". But she said that approach did not conflict with the rights of people to own firearms.
Clinton waded into the polarising issue of gun politics during an appearance at the National Council for Behavioural Health conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, pointing to recent shootings that involved teens who had been playing loud music and chewing gum and a separate incident involving the typing of text messages in a movie theatre.
"I think again we're way out of balance. I think that we've got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime," Clinton said. "And I don't believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. And I think you can say that and still support the right of people to own guns."
Clinton said "at the rate we're going, we're going to have so many people with guns everywhere, fully licensed, fully validated. That's what happens in the countries I've visited where there is no rule of law and no self-control".